When I was asked to participate in the A to Z recipe challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, I was wondering what could be my recipe, that too starting with the letter ‘D’? Date was something, that I thought about right from the beginning, but was not sure of something interesting with dates. Then, all of a sudden, I got reminded of this recipe, of bars or blocks, made of dates and oats.
These days, oats is a common feature in the breakfast, having a high nutritious and health value. And I could use it in a completely new avatar in this recipe; this thought made me super excited. Luckily the oats and dates bar came out pretty nicely, quite like the way I thought. Now, I am pretty pleased to live up to the challenge. I hope you will love this crunchy bites with the falvaour of dates.
“Oats & Dates Squares / Bars” is my contribution to the A to Z recipe challenge for the month of November. Letter “D” is the challenge for this month and I choose Dates as the key ingredient of my recipe.
Oats & Dates Squares / Bars
Earlier I shared with you one of the loaf recipes with banana and chocolate as main ingredients (Banana & Chocolate Loaf). Today, I am absolutely delighted to present the recipe of loaf made with date and walnut, perhaps two of the most well known dry fruits. Those of you who are bored to have the same old American white bread or even the brown breads in breakfast, will love it. A couple of layers of date in the middle with the pieces of walnut all over the loaf slices is quite extra ordinary. A bite in the loaf with naughty walnuts playing between the teeth and sweet dates sticking to you tongue, makes your day !!!
Date & Walnut Loaf
Ingredients to serve 10 :
- Unsalted butter – 175 gm. + extra for greasing
- Pitted dates (chopped into small pieces) – 225 gm.
- Grated rind and juice of orange – 1
- Water – 50 ml.
- Brown sugar – 175 gm.
- Egg (beaten) – 3
- Wholemeal flour – 85 gm.
- Plain flour – 85 gm.
- Baking powder – 2 teaspoon
- Walnut (chopped) – 55 gm.
- Whole or half walnut – 8
Grease and line the bottom and end of a 900 gm./2 lb loaf tin.
Place the dated in a pan with the orange rind, juice and water and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring, or until a soft puree has formed.
Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then sift in the flours and fold in with chopped walnuts. Spread one-third of the mixture over the bottom of the prepared loaf tin and spread half the date puree over the top.
Repeat the layers, ending with the cake mixture. Arrange whole/half walnuts on top.
Ready to go into the oven
Making the layers with date
Bake in a preheated oven, 160°C/325ºF, for 1-1¼ hours, or until well risen and firm to touch.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Turn out, peel off the lining paper and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Serve in slices.
You can also decorate with orange zest.
Loaf slices are ready to be served